First Pressings vs. Reissues
In January, 1984, EMI released The Single File, a limited collection of Kate's UK singles released to date, packaged with a 16 page photo/lyric booklet in a custom, cardboard box. In addition to the 12 singles released up to that point, it also contained Ne T'enfuis Pas -- the only place you'll find a UK pressing of this single to this day.
Early Kate singles were highly collectible and becoming increasingly scarce by the time The Single File was released, so a number of dealers simply sold the contents of the box set as 13 separate singles. Many of these reissues are easily distinguishable from their original counterparts, while others, like the one shown above, are not.
Some originals have messages etched into the dead wax (runnout section) of the vinyl. Others have different logos or altered text. Unfortunately, some need side by side comparisons to distinguish the originals from the reissues.
The Man With The Child In His Eyes (shown above) is one such example. First pressings of the discs are easily identifiable -- they all have "The child hides in the light" etched into the dead wax on side A.
But the sleeves are a little tougher to distinguish. Held side by side, you'll notice the paper stock of the original is a little heavier, but you never get to hold them side by side in real life -- especially when you're digging around in some used record store trying to determine if the single you just found in the bargain bin is an original issue or not!
In the case of The Man With The Child In His Eyes, spotting an original sleeve is actually quite simple -- IF YOU KNOW WHAT TO LOOK FOR. Take a close look at the two rear sleeves. The one on the left has an angled thumb notch, but the one on the right has a rounded one. First pressings of The Man With The Child In His Eyes (and many of Kate's other early singles) feature angled thumb notches; box set reissues do not.
Additionally, first pressings have a tiny "G&L" printed in the lower right hand corner (underneath Kate's nose). The reissues don't have it. It's difficult to see on the image above, so here's an enlargement of what to look for in the lower right corner:
Box set reissues have one other distinguishing mark: all of them have what appears to be sticker residue on the bridge of Kate's nose, just underneath the catalog number. Apparently, EMI photographed an original sleeve that had tape or a price sticker on it when they made the box sets! It's a little difficult to see on the image above, so here's an enlargement of what to look for in the upper right hand corner:
If you have any questions or comments about the differences between the first pressings and reissues, please send me a note.